The Best Ways to Use AI in Your Job Search
AI such as ChatGPT and many other variations seem to be everywhere these days. While this smart and futuristic technology can be helpful, you have to know how to use it to get the most benefit out of these tools.
Many times, the sky is the limit; you can use these AI for many different applications, you just have to think of it first. One place that you may not have thought about using AI for but would be helpful in is the job search process.
There are many tedious and repetitive steps throughout the job search process that you could be greatly assisted by if you had the help of AI. Beyond that, AI can also help you word things in a stronger manner, or even help you draft a cover letter in seconds instead of an hour.
When used to its potential, AI can help you streamline your process. Here are some ways you can use AI to help you land your next job.
One of the first things that may come to mind is to receive help with improving your resume. Recruiters are keen on seeing experience descriptions that have many key action verbs or data driven results.
After you have drafted your preliminary descriptions for your experiences, input it into an AI like ChatGPT and ask for a way to better word those experiences in a more competitive manner using key verbs. If you still have the job descriptions for the roles that you had, you can input it into the AI and ask it to make a small list of bullet points for you to add to your resume.
In short, for resume help, it’s beneficial to have the job posting descriptions for both roles that you have had and roles that you are applying for.
You can also use AI to quickly tailor your resume to each unique job description. Simply input your current experience to the AI as well as the job description of the role you are applying for and ask the AI to update your experience while using the key action verbs that are highlighted in the job description.
By highlighting the key experiences and descriptions for each role that you are applying to, you should be more likely to make it past the resume screening to your first round of interviews!
Depending on the AI you use, there may also be the option to directly upload the file to get direct feedback and suggestions. There are a variety of different AIs out there beyond ChatGPT so make sure you do your research to choose the AI that is right for you!
Some roles ask you to submit a cover letter along with your resume when you are applying for roles. Cover letters are often a tedious and time consuming part of the job search because it has to be unique for each role that you are applying for.
However, with AI, your cover letter will no longer be a barrier to your job application – it can boost the strength of your application.
In order to successfully use AI to help you write your cover letter, you will need the job description as well as a description of the current experience you have. Simply ask the AI to use your previous experience as well as the job description to craft a personalized, one-page cover letter to send out.
The AI will then help you connect the dots in your cover letter by explaining to the manager how your experiences give you the skills to perform well in the job they are hiring for. While this is an amazing feature and use of AI, it is important to make sure that you proofread the letter so that it is written in your own voice and has the element of human touch.
You can be sure that there will not be any grammatical mistakes but there still may be some parts of the letter that sound a bit “too perfect.” Overall, you should ensure that the letter is in your voice.
AI can help with many different things but it is important not to lean on it wholly. It is a tool to use in your job search journey, not something that should be doing all of the work for you.
You can also use AI to help you improve your LinkedIn profile. In the same way that you can use AI to write out the descriptions of your job experiences, you can use it to write your descriptions on LinkedIn.
Your LinkedIn job experiences should already align with your resume, so you will not have to do anything there. However, it can be helpful in drafting your “About” section. Simply give it a few bits of information that you would like to include in your “About” description, and edit it to be in your voice.
Other places you can use AI on LinkedIn can include drafting LinkedIn messages to your connections or short introductions to include when you send a connection request.
Beyond just job experiences, you can also ask AI to write descriptions for your volunteer experiences or awards that you have won. You can even go so far as to have AI draft the text for your LinkedIn posts!
If you can think of a way that text will be included on LinkedIn, you can probably use AI for it.
During your job search process, you will need to write many emails for many different situations. You will need to write emails for everything from cold emails that introduce yourself and ask for an interview to thank you emails after the interview has concluded.
All of these emails can be drafted using AI. For example, to draft an email for a cold “call” email, simply give the AI your experience, the job description, and your request to draft an introductory email.
Again, make sure you take a look over the email to make sure it is in your own voice and is an appropriate length for the job at hand.
Similarly, after an interview is conducted, you can ask AI to generate a quick thank you email. Give it the highlights of your conversation and tell it to write you a brief but personalized email for your use.
As always, with any email that you ask the AI to write, make sure you look over it and edit it to make sure it is in your voice.
Practice Interview Questions
So far, most of the suggestions have been for ways that AI can help you draft written portions of the job application or otherwise quickly write descriptions or communications. However, one other innovative way that you can use AI is to come up with interview questions so you can prepare for your interviews using questions that will be tailored to the job you are applying for.
For simple behavioral questions, you can ask the AI to give you a basic list of behavioral questions to practice from. However, you can also give the AI the job description and ask it to come up with a list of tailored interview questions to practice with.
You can even take it one step further by typing out your response and asking the AI for tips on how to improve upon your responses. In this way, you are not only getting personalized questions to practice with, but you can also receive customized feedback on ways to improve.
Ultimately, there are many ways that you can use AI to help streamline your process when applying to jobs. As you may have noticed throughout this article, it is important to always approach AI with the mindset that it is a tool, not a solution.
The descriptions and written texts that it generates should always be treated as a draft, not the final version. Additionally, you should always make some changes to the text that it generates so that it is written in your own unique voice, rather than the generic voice of the AI.
As you can see, there are many innovative ways AI can be utilized to save you time and provide more concise explanations, so do not be afraid to use the resources available to you. Best of luck with your job search!
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